Lai-Haraoba, a post-harvest festival is celebrated by the people of Manipur
. The word Lai, literally meaning God, is derived from the Sanskrit word Linga
, the symbol of Lord Shiva
. This festival marks the fusion of the old faith of the Manipuris with Shaivism. Lai-Haraoba festival is devoted to the tribal god Umang Lais Lais, meaning god of the forests. This festival falls between the month of April and May, and lasts for a fortnight. The famous Laipon dance symbolizing the birth of Nong-Pokning-thou, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is performed during this festival.